The functions of trees and other plants in the Serbian folk tales

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Key words
fairy tales, trees, plants, function, fantasy, ritual, beliefs, metaphors
Samardžija S.

The paper discusses the features of plants, associated with the structure and morphology of the oral tales. The material includes Serbian folk stories and writings from the Serbo-Croatian territory in the 19th and 20th century. Òhe roles of vegetation reveal the dynamic relationships between the types of fiction and realities of the specific environment. Also observed is the association of narrative units and their adaptation depending on the genre system.